Mark Henry | Um...What? How PARTS & WRECK Came To Be
November 27, 2013
When I tell people that my first paranormal romance, PARTS & WRECK, is set
amongst the vivisectionists of a secret organization that repossesses
demonically infected transplant organs they do tend to give me a double take and
then they ask, "What's a vivi-who?" It's basically someone who cuts into a
living person or animal, usually for the purpose of research, but not always.
The premise is intended to bring to mind that urban legend of tourists waking up
in bathtubs with plenty of ice cubes but far fewer kidneys. Which doesn't sound
very romantic, but that's where you'd be wrong. Dead wrong.
So the next question is, invariably, "How in the heck did you come up with that?
Well, when the opportunity to write a romance for Covet (Entangled Publishing's
paranormal romance flagship), I knew I had to do something very different. I'd
always incorporated elements of romance into my urban fantasy stories but never
used the romance itself as the central story. I had to rise to the challenge
without watering down my weirdness. If you've never read my zombie comedy series
(Happy Hour of the Damned, et al), you need to be aware that there's a ton of
strange (and irreverent) plot twists in store for you in PARTS & WRECK.
It's getting harder and harder to bring something new to the table in paranormal
romance, so I knew I wanted to look at something other than a sympathetic
monster (a vampire or a werewolf) and use humans predominantly as the
characters. I've always been fascinated with urban legends and the origins of
these tall tales. One in particular I've always been drawn to is this waking up
with an organ removed story. So I started with that and dragged out my trusty
loom and started threading in stuff that I thought might work with it. The best
of these stitches came when I brought in the satanism and possession craze in
the late seventies and early eighties. I thought, what if as a result of all the
media attention, demons had to find a more subtle way to possess us. Exorcisms
were rampant, there were films about them, TV documentaries. There were
satanists on every block it seemed. Those were pretty weird times.
So it came together like this: smart demons didn't go all head spinny, they
chilled in a body until it died, hiding in the person's organs and making sure
they were donors. When the body hit the morgue it had become a demonic dirty
bomb for the transplant network. Exorcists had to think quick to keep up with
the new threat and the Parts Department was born.
I hope people are going to love PARTS & WRECK, sexy
Wade and his crazy, sassy assistant Luce. They do get themselves in a heck of a
lot of trouble, I mean a TON, more than a bit of it of the sexy variety. It's
frantic and crazy and laugh-out-loud funny. But don't take my word for it!
"Like being on a roller coaster after drinking tequila shots: rollicking and
hilarious. I loved this paranormal romance. Every adult on the planet should
read it ... Now!"
- Michele Bardsley, National Bestselling Romance Author
"One of the funniest romances I've ever read. Who knew vivisection could be
so sexy? A fun, frenetic frolic of a book."
- Nicole Peeler, author of the Jane True series (Tempest Reborn)
Wade Crowson, a brutish and brooding playboy and veteran
vivisectionist for the Parts Department, runs into more than
he bargained for in new partner, Lucid Montgomery, a quirky
beauty with a bizarre secret and a string of psychiatric
diagnoses she tries hard to keep hidden. Loving Luce will
stamp a demonic target on her back and thrust Wade into a
frenzied whirlwind of hilarious misunderstandings and, quite
possibly, a stripping gig for emptynesters. Can they
withstand the savagery of an exorcism (with or without the
split pea soup) and come out alive and ...in love?
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14 comments posted.
Re: Mark Henry | Um...What? How PARTS & WRECK Came To Be
Oh my, this book does sound like a great roller coaster ride, a bungee drop and a trip to the moon....can't wait to read it!
(C Culp 7:05am November 27, 2013)
WOW sounds like a lot is going on in this book. Can't wait to read this!!
(Bonnie Capuano 9:26am November 27, 2013)
Because Paranormal isn't my normal genre, but reading off the wall books are, I'm hoping that your book is going to start me off on the right track!! You have a very quirky sense of humor, which sounds like me, so I'm sure I'm going to enjoy this book. It also has a medical twist to it, so that's up my alley, too!! Even the cover, which is really sweet in its' own way, reflects your personality!! Congratulations on your latest book, and I'll be looking forward to hunkering down and reading what I'm sure will be a funny, interesting, and enlightening ride!!
(Peggy Roberson 9:53am November 27, 2013)
Book sounds like it fast packed. Thanks for a chance to win your book.
(Amy Milne 11:57am November 27, 2013)
You have a great sounding book here! Can't wait to read it. Thanks for the chance to win it.
(Vennie Martinisi 12:02pm November 27, 2013)
(Tina Lechuga 1:12pm November 27, 2013)
(Michelle Schafer 2:38pm November 27, 2013)
Sounds very interesting. Thanks for a chance to win. Happy Holidays
(Linda Hall 3:03pm November 27, 2013)
Sounds like a winner. Thanks for the post and giveaway.
(G S Moch 5:51pm November 27, 2013)
It is a crime that in today's society, someone with a psychiatric diagnosis still has to be shameful, secretive, and shunned....
(Susan Coster 6:34pm November 27, 2013)
I don't believe I have come across such a unique storlyine.
Am utterly fascinated and extremely curious about your
book...and about how your mind works.
(G. Bisbjerg 7:16pm November 27, 2013)
Wow, Congrats on your new paranormal romance book: PARTS &
WRECK. I like the book cover too! Yes, I would love to win
and read your new fascinating book this Fall. Thank You very
much. Cecilia CECE
(Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez 8:37pm November 27, 2013)
There are alot of things that people will do to each other. After all we are our own worst enemy. Add paranormal into it, well, we are in for a roller coaster of a ride which makes the story interesting.
(Kai Wong 12:14pm November 29, 2013)
You have my attention!!!
(Mary Preston 7:43am November 30, 2013)
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